In view of the increasing threat of the Taliban in Afghanistan, many countries have withdrawn their citizens. Meanwhile, France has also called on all its citizens to leave Afghanistan on Tuesday. The Taliban have captured many areas of Afghanistan amid the withdrawal of American troops.
The French embassy in Kabul said in a statement: “The government will arrange a special flight from Kabul on the morning of 17 July to take the entire French community to France.” He said that no one would be required to make any payment to board the plane.
The French embassy has formally recommended all French nationals to take this special flight or leave the country on their own, the statement said. The embassy made it clear that it would not be able to ensure the safe departure of civilians staying in Afghanistan after 17 July.
The Taliban have launched a nationwide offensive since early May following the withdrawal of US-led foreign forces from Afghanistan. After 20 years of international military intervention, foreign forces began their final withdrawal from Afghanistan in early May and are expected to be completed by the end of August.
Afghanistan continues to see an escalation in violence. The Taliban has intensified its offensive against Afghan civilians and Afghan security forces. The Taliban have taken control of several districts across the country, with US intelligence assessments suggesting that the country’s civilian government may be under the terrorist group within months of the withdrawal of US forces.